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One Thousand and One Nights with Errol Flynn

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813133935
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0010
One Thousand and One Nights with Errol Flynn

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Directing the General George Custer picture opened and then deepened Raoul Walsh's friendship with the picture's star, Errol Flynn, who became a lifelong friend—mishpocha, in fact. They Died with Their Boots On materialized in the same way as many other male-driven Warner Bros. projects of the late 1930s and early 1940s—as a possible vehicle for James Cagney, still the studio's biggest box-office draw. Warner Bros. was not alone in thinking that Custer had box-office potential. The film follows the life of George Custer from the time he enters West Point to his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Walsh and Flynn found a common thread in creating characters seeking to look heroic, men who above all else wish to leave a legacy of uncommon valor (suggestive of Flynn–Walsh films to come) and dignity. This began with Boots, and continued on with Gentleman Jim and their cycle of war films. Moreover, Walsh directed Desperate Journey.

Keywords: Raoul Walsh; Errol Flynn; Warner Bros.; Gentleman Jim; Desperate Journey; General George Custer

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Subjects: Film

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